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What are Preserved Roses?

How are roses preserved, is it different from drying them, and how long will preserved roses really last?  These are questions we most often get, so we would like to let you know the process behind the creation of this unique flower.

Preserved roses are 100% real flowers. They aren’t made from silk or any other material even though they may look fake from afar. To properly preserve these flowers, it’s critical that the roses are cut when they are at their most beautiful. The flowers are then put into a mixture of glycerin and other plant elements. This rehydrates the rose from its petals to its stem and replaces the sap within it. After a few days, the process is complete and you have preserved roses that are flexible and look natural.


The process of preserving roses is vastly different from drying them. When you dry a flower, it’s typically hung upside down for several days to dehydrate the bloom and stem. After a few days or weeks, the roses will be dried.

The result is a bouquet that’s brittle, lacks its vibrant color, and is easily breakable.

When it comes to how long dried or preserved roses last, the difference can be astounding. Because dried flowers have been dehydrated, they are not long lasting and can break or lose petals rather easily. If they’re kept in a safe place, they can last for several months, but if they are accidentally bumped or moved, you’ll have more of a mess than a bouquet.

Preserved roses, on the other hand, can be enjoyed for a much longer period of time. Placed in a vase or on a shelf, you can expect your preserved roses to last one to three years. If you decide to store your flowers in a sealed enclosure, they’ll last even longer – up to 3 years! And you can use your preserved roses for more than sitting in a vase.  They’re perfect for home décor, floral art and other craft projects that incorporate flowers.

If you’re looking for a fun way to commemorate an event, or if you want a unique centerpiece that can be kept and used for years, preserved roses are the answer you’re looking for. At Eternal Roses we have a huge variety of preserved roses for every occasion.